This notable Lebanese eatery is well known for delicious food. Their business lunch offering will only set you back QR60 and includes your favourite meal from the specials with starters or salads, a dessert and a drink. The modern décor is inviting and in cooler weather there is a terrace area to relax on too.
Al Emadi Financial Centre, C Ring Road (4491 8692).
Distinctly contemporary European in its décor and food offerings, Aroma puts on a decadent but delicious three-course business lunch for QR90. That being said, you can easily keep it light here as they offer a ‘healthy’ starter, main and dessert alongside the listed calories and less wary dining companions can still indulge.
Kempinski Residences and Suites, West Bay (4405 3325).
Go Italiano at this spacious yet rustic restaurant in the heart of Doha’s West End. There are six entrees, mains and desserts to choose from in the express lunch for QR85. With a new season and a brand new chef, the menu has been changed recently and although you may think you’d be in for a carb coma afterwards, they do light Italian well here.
Renaissance City Center Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).
All the way from Canada, this cafe concept is quick casual dining. Try one of their yummy sandwiches, they like to call ‘bread art’, that come with salad and potatoes, or choose from a range of appetisers, tasty salads (with four gourmet dressing options), mains, pizza and pasta dishes that are on the menu too.
Gate Mall, West Bay (44077130) or Al Emadi Financial Square, C-ring road (4411 7224).
Nusantao: Sea Kitchens
This fabulous Asian restaurant offers a beautiful terrace seating area where you could easily feel like you’re on a tropical holiday in cooler weather. Prices here start at QR55 for lunch – you can tailor make it from the regular menu or try Chef Kato’s exclusive bento box with six courses of Asian delights.
Four Seasons, West Bay (4494 8888).
Opal by Gordon Ramsay
Anyone who’s seen Hell’s Kitchen or Kitchen Nightmares knows that Gordon Ramsay is inspired by simple and uncomplicated yet flavoursome food. This is what you can expect in the three-course business lunch at this casual eatery where the menu changes weekly. Tuck into yummy salads, homemade pizzas, wagyu beef or the catch of the day for QR100.
St Regis, West Bay Lagoon (4446 0105).
The best bit about the express lunches at this popular South East Asian venue is there are two! You can choose your favourite starter, main and dessert from the lunch menu (try the vegetable noodles as they’re light and yum!) for QR95 or spring for an all-out sushi lunch at QR145. Trust us; they know how to do sushi…
W Doha, West Bay (4453 5353).
The atmosphere at this Mediterannean restaurant is always buzzing and the tapas style dishes from the regular menu are fun for lunch. Their X’Press lunch for QR89 with a three-course set menu is a good choice though as it’s quick, light and always tasty with options to suit everyone.
Oryx Rotana, Umm Ghuwaylina (4402 3333).
Going al desko
The office menus
Choose from two takeaway menus at W Cafe. Call in your order of a salad or sandwich (including burger and hotdog) off their menu, alongside a soft drink and an oh-so-delicious cupcake, and then just pick it up. The salad option is QR85 while the sandwich menu is QR90.
Daily, noon-4pm. W Doha, West Bay (4453 5385).
An Australian lunch box
The Aussie gourmet café concept, jones the grocer, offers a takeaway lunch box with a freshly made sandwich, crisps or small side salad, alongside two macaroons and a refreshing bottled drink for QR50.
Open daily 8am-11pm. The Gate Mall, West Bay (4407 7175).
If you order any of the medium-sized pizzas or pasta dishes from Cucina worth QR75 then you’ll get a free antipasto platter to take away. Just call ahead for your preferred pick up time.
Daily. Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel, West Bay (4419 6100).
Make your own
Click on the Quick Bites home page to virtually make up your own sandwich. It’s so simple – just pick from various choices of breads (the olive is good!), fillings, vegetables and spreads, fill in some contact details, your preferred pick up time and press submit! Someone will call you to reconfirm and that’s that. Pay just QR35 and get crisps on the side.
Daily. Renaissance Doha City Center Hotel, www.westenddoha.com (4419 6100).
Bagel it up
Order from Bread and Bagels where they deliver to most areas of Doha with various minimum costs depending on how far you are. At lunchtime, you can make up your own sandwich bagel, choosing from 12 varieties such as plain, wholewheat, spinach or sundried tomato. It comes with a side of coleslaw or potato salad.
Open Sat-Thu, 7am-10pm; Fri 9am-10pm. Beach Tower, West Bay (4411 0041).
Plat du jour
This special lunch box from La Cigale Traiteur comes with a salad, main dish, homemade dessert (for which they’re most well known for) and one soft drink. Choose what you want from the menu and voila.
Open daily, 7am-midnight. La Cigale, Bin Mahmoud (4428 8888).
Bento box delivery
Sushi Minto has a variety of bento boxes ready to deliver but we recommend their salmon lover’s box which has plenty of healthy, raw delights for an overall QR90.
Open daily noon-11.30pm. Salwa Rd, New Salata (4467 5577).
At lunch with a connoisseur
Doha-based food blogger and restaurant critic Gerald Tan takes us on a culinary journey of the city ‘Let’s do lunch.’ I probably utter these three words on a near daily basis, using the midday meal as the perfect excuse to catch up with folk. But where I end up is usually dictated by circumstance – who I’m meeting, how many hours we have and the wardrobe element. Here are some of my favourite spots to eat...
When smartly dressed…
This French brasserie has it all: sensational food, attentive service and a commanding view of West Bay. The business crowd heightens the restaurant’s cosmopolitan feel and it doesn’t hurt that the raspberry macaron and daily rotation of homemade ice creams/sorbets are among Doha’s finest.
Sat-Thu, noon-3pm; Fri, noon-4pm. 28th floor, Tornado Tower, West Bay (4499 0680).
When the outdoors beckon…
Park Café at MIA Park
At the edge of the Museum of Islamic Art Park sits a charming café with gourmet sandwiches and salads. Greenery, the water, and all of West Bay splayed before you - what more do you want? I settle into the artsy outdoor furniture with a book and the space transforms.
Open Wed-Mon, 10.30am-11pm. Museum of Islamic Art Park, Corniche (4422 4444).
When kids are involved…
The dining room for the Ritz-Carlton all-day buffet is expansive yet welcoming. There are live cooking stations for pasta and grills as well as a dessert spread that is paradise for kids. On Saturdays, the outdoor garden is transformed into a sprawling playground.
Daily from noon-3.30pm. Ritz-Carlton, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8512).
When I need take out…
You’ll find two tables and five chairs inside this hut. Not exactly made for a dine-in experience (you leave smelling of peanut oil and pad thai), it is nevertheless ideal for a takeaway of green curry and pad see ew fried noodles that are bursting with yummy.
Open Sat-Thu, 10.30am-10pm; Fri, 1.30pm-10pm. MegaMart car park, Al Muntazah (6640 7858).
When I’m veggie-deficient…
The lunch concept here is a semi-buffet of unlimited appetisers and desserts with a main course from the daily changing menu. The salad bar is the clear standout, where you can find anything from crisp endives and radicchio to grilled vegetables.
Served Sat-Thu, noon-3pm. InterContinental Doha The City, West Bay (4015 8888).
When out-of-towners visit…
No Doha experience is complete without a trip to TC. The mezze platter served with freshly baked Turkish bread is obligatory. Choose from more than a dozen varieties of dips, but do include their baba ghanoush, purple cabbage labneh and moussaka. The grills are equally excellent, especially the lamb chops and boneless grilled chicken.
Open daily 8am-12.30am. Al Nasr Street (4443 2927).
When my sinuses need a workout…
Indonesian cuisine is not for the faint-hearted and this restaurant certainly has an affinity for hot peppers. The food here is Padang-style, in which dishes are pre-cooked and accompanied by rice. Ask the kitchen for ayam penyet, which means steamrolled chicken. The bird is basically marinated, spatchcocked then deep-fried and oh so delicious.
Open daily, 10am-9pm. Ibn Mahmoud St, Bin Mahmoud (5539 9125).
When I’m not cooking dinner…
The Sharq Village & Spa knows how to put up one unforgettable Arabic buffet. More than 20 tantalising mezzes and meats grilled to order make for one glorious meal that will last the whole day. I come here to splurge calorically.
Served daily noon-3pm. Sharq Village & Spa, Khulaifat (4442 5666).
When I want to people watch…
Market by Jean-Georges
There are just no two ways about it – Market is Doha’s benchmark for stylish dining. And the food never fails to impress. I’m particularly sushi mad here but it’s hard to concentrate on the a la carte menu when the lunch express equally impresses at a fraction of the price.
Served Sat-Thu, noon-4pm. W Doha Hotel, West Bay (4453 5000).
Gerald Tan is a TV journalist, avid baker and food blogger. www.boulangerry.com features his travel culinary journal and reviews of restaurants. Tweet him @geraldotan